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Oil capitals get high speed connectivity

Monday, February 9, 2015

The first high speed international ICT network between two key data centres in Aberdeen and Norway is to be delivered by a partnership between Aberdeen based Managed ICT Services provider and Data Centre operator IFB (Internet For Business), its Norwegian counterpart Green Mountain AS, and the operator of the largest offshore high capacity, low latency communication network in the world Tampnet.

The project will deliver the first high-speed international network of its kind between Scotland and Norway and will provide faster speeds between Aberdeen and Stavanger than those currently between Aberdeen and London. The partnership can also offer considerable cost savings for businesses using technologies available to date.

The partnership has been created in response to demands for a technically better and more cost-effective solution to connect the two European energy hubs.

The agreement allows IFB to use Tampnet's trans North Sea fibre infrastructure, to connect directly between the IFB Data Centre in Aberdeen and Green Mountain's award winning underground data centre based near Stavanger. The linking of the Data Centres provides businesses with improved reliability and efficiency for data storage, back up, disaster recovery applications and cloud services hosted and replicated easily and securely across both Data Centres.

Graeme Gordon, CEO of IFB says, 'We have seen a growing demand for improved connectivity to Norway, particularly from oil and gas businesses, and this is why we approached Tampnet and Green Mountain to create a solution. The design of the network will provide IFB's clients with incredible connection speeds which are faster than those between Aberdeen and London. In addition to the increased connection speed and reliability, the link is much more cost-effective than the existing expensive point-to-point private line International Circuits'.

Knut Molaug CEO of Green Mountain says, 'Faster links between the two oil capitals will hugely benefit clients in both regions. Our clients can use IFB as the primary site for their data for disaster recovery and data storage, and in turn IFB clients can benefit from the low cost power available in Norway for data storage and disaster recovery, and as a bonus reduce their carbon footprint because our data centre is powered by hydro generation.''

Trygve Hagevik, Sales Director of Tampnet says, 'We are very excited that IFB has chosen the shortest and fastest route across the North Sea for its backup site at Green Mountain Data Centre located on the west coast of Norway. The Tampnet North Sea infrastructure, operating across more than 2,500km of subsea fibre offers unsurpassed transit services between Scandinavia and UK. With the key roles played by cities like Aberdeen and Stavanger, the infrastructure is particularly compelling to the oil and gas industry. Hence, with the strong position held by both IFB and Tampnet within this segment we regard our partnership as a significant win-win relationship that will undoubtedly strengthen the service offering of both sides.'

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